While they are protecting their communities, who is protecting them?
Every day, volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel put their lives on the line to protect their communities. But what happens when the tragedy strikes home? Many first responders are impacted each year by disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and others. These men and women dedicate themselves to serving their communities. When their homes and families are affected by tragedy, they rely on the community to give back. You can assist in helping these first responders in need by contributing to the National Volunteer Fire Council’s (NVFC) Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund.
The NVFC Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund provides a stipend of $350 to volunteer first responders whose homes have been impacted by a state- or federally-declared disaster. The stipend helps these firefighters and emergency personnel meet their basic needs in the aftermath of the disaster. Recipients who are not already NVFC members also receive a complimentary one-year Individual Membership into the NVFC.
The Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund was created in response to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Since then, the fund has also assisted volunteer first responders impacted by flooding in New York and along the Mississippi River, tornadoes in different parts of the country, Super Storm Sandy, and other large-scale disasters. So far, more than half a million dollars have been distributed to volunteer firefighters in need.
The fund relies on the support of individuals and organizations to assist volunteer first responders in need. 100% of donations go to volunteer responders in need.
Click here to make your contribution to the Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund. Or mail your donation to:
National Volunteer Fire Council
7852 Walker Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Applying for Assistance
Volunteer first responders whose homes have been impacted by a state- or federally-declared disaster can apply for assistance through the Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund. The Fund provides a $350 stipend to help these individuals meet basic needs in the aftermath of a disaster, as funds allow. To qualify for a stipend through the Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be from an NVFC member state as an individual or department member of the state association, or an NVFC member
- Be an active volunteer firefighter, rescue worker, or EMS provider
- Live (have your primary residence) in a state- or federally-declared disaster area
- Have incurred an uninsurable loss in excess of $5,000
- Applications must be received by the NVFC within 60 days after the incident occurred.
All applications are reviewed by the NVFC Director from the applicant’s state fire association. The NVFC may also contact your department’s chief for approval of the application.